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Maplesoft has announced the release of a new version its flagship product, Maple, the technical computing software for engineers, mathematicians, and scientists. With the release of Maple 18, Maplesoft introduces more specialised tools for engineering analysis and flexible technical application development tools to aid the creation and deployment of solutions throughout an organisation. New functionality includes support for time series analysis, with built-in support for modelling and analysis, pattern finding, forecasting, and visualisation of data that varies over time. Significant improvements have also been made for signal processing, control systems design, and physics. Once the analysis is done, engineers frequently use Maple to construct interactive calculators that provide answers to specific problems, and Maple 18 offers a suite of improvements to make the development of these applications faster and more flexible. The improvements include more options to control the appearance and behaviour of interactive components, a significantly more flexible tool for one-step application creation, and extensive enhancements to visualisation. Other significant features in this release


MathFlow, the MathML-based authoring, editing, and formatting software from Design Science, has been built into Adobe’s FrameMaker 12, Technical Communication Suite 5, and its new FrameMaker XML Author 12.

include improved performance for many common computations and new connectivity options. Maple 18 is part of a broader

release of Maplesoft’s entire engineering product suite, including Maple add-ons and a new version of MapleSim, the advanced system- level modelling and simulation tool based on Maple’s mathematical engine. MapleSim 6.4 and all its toolboxes and connectivity add- ons have been updated to take advantage of the enhancements of Maple 18’s mathematical engine. Other improvements include more powerful tools for creating custom components, performance enhancements, a significantly expanded MapleSim Control Design Toolbox, and enhancements to the model generators for Simulink and FMI.

Nag Library for Python

The NAG Library for Python, from the Numerical Algorithms Group, which gives users of the Python language access to over 1,700 mathematical and statistical routines in the NAG Library has been enhanced in-line with Python2.7 and Python3. Further enhancements include an improved pythonic interface and a new python egg installer.

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saves those working in the environment crucial development time by providing fully documented numerical code in one cost effective numerical library. Frequently, the NAG Library for Python is used for prototype application building with subsequent production systems being developed using other variants of the NAG Library, based on the same underlying NAG routines.


Adobe customers can now work with mathematical content as MathML in their XML documents and workflows.

The company is providing MathFlow ‘out-of-the-box’ as a free 30-day trial, referring their customers to Design Science for permanent licences, MathML expertise, support, and upgrades. MathFlow also works with other XML editors including Oxygen, Flare, XMetaL, and Arbortext.

Paul Topping, president & CEO of Design Science, said: ‘FrameMaker is a powerful technical authoring system with a long history. We’re very happy Adobe has added MathML support in their latest version and chosen our MathFlow tools to do it.’

MathFlow is used in publishing,

aerospace, defence, education, government, science and engineering, e-learning and assessment, as well as enterprise solutions and commercial products. The product line consists of a set of components for editing, formatting, and accessibility of mathematical notation for websites, applications, and services.

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Engineering Data Management (EDM)

The Engineering Data Management (EDM) Solution from Formtek, has been certified by Alfresco, the enterprise document management company -- one of the first products to receive such certification under Alfresco’s Partner programme. Formtek provides content management software and services to engineering, manufacturing, aerospace, industrial, and technical organisations around the world. Its EDM Solution for Alfresco provides a packaged solution for managing engineering documents and drawings using the Alfresco One content platform, and integrates Alfresco with AutoCAD, the 2D and 3D computer-aided design (CAD) software application. It provides a pre-configured content model, complete with metadata properties and forms, for both engineering documents and drawings. For management

of AutoCAD files, the EDM Module includes a converter which automatically renders DWG, DWF, and DXF file types for viewing within Alfresco Share, and it can extract attributes present in AutoCAD files, including those in the drawing title block, and map the extracted data to EDM properties within Alfresco. The Formtek EDM Connector for AutoCAD was also certified by Alfresco. This is a software plug-in for AutoCAD that allows users to interact with the Alfresco content repository directly from within the AutoCAD application. Peter Monks, director of technology for Alfresco, said: ‘The Alfresco ecosystem is large and diverse, with hundreds of extensions and integrations, and many more Partner-developed solutions. Certification ensures that a Partner’s software product is fully compatible with Alfresco, complies with Alfresco best practices, and has product support available.’

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